Are You Smart Enough To Act Dumb Enough To Get Ahead? Why the Smartest People Have the Toughest Time Dating I have a mini-confession to make: I wrote the Tao of Dating books specifically for really smart people.
The writing of the books was precipitated by the endemic dating woes on the Harvard campus as I observed them as an advisor and, earlier, indulged in them as a student. Those kids graduate and pretty much continue to have the same dating woes -- only now with fewer single people around who happen to live in the same building and share meals with them every day. So if they had challenges then, it gets about 1,000 times worse once they're tossed from the warm womb of their alma mater. From my observations, the following dating challenges seem to be common to most smart people. In fact, the smarter you are, the more clueless you will be, and the more problems you're going to have in your dating life. On the one hand, this makes no sense. On the other hand, it makes total sense. 1. Smart kids usually come from smart families. Overloaded Circuits: Why Smart People Underperform. David drums his fingers on his desk as he scans the e-mail on his computer screen.
At the same time, he’s talking on the phone to an executive halfway around the world. His knee bounces up and down like a jackhammer. He intermittently bites his lip and reaches for his constant companion, the coffee cup. He’s so deeply involved in multitasking that he has forgotten the appointment his Outlook calendar reminded him of 15 minutes ago. Jane, a senior vice president, and Mike, her CEO, have adjoining offices so they can communicate quickly, yet communication never seems to happen.
David, Jane, and Mike aren’t crazy, but they’re certainly crazed. As a psychiatrist who has diagnosed and treated thousands of people over the past 25 years for a medical condition called attention deficit disorder, or ADD (now known clinically as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), I have observed firsthand how a rapidly growing segment of the adult population is developing this new, related condition. Why Do We Reward Stupidity? In America, not only is stupidity not frowned upon, but it’s encouraged.
Reality shows like “The Jersey Shore” and “Buckwild” reward stupidity. This has become a part of American culture that we cannot seem to shake off. The detrimental part is that there are probably more people who watch these programs than who go out to vote. For some reason, our society pays greater attention to things that are completely irrelevant and stupid as opposed to things that are of true value. Why is this personal trait promoted within society? News and television promote this concept all day every day and it needs to stop. Friedrich Nietzsche. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (/ˈniːtʃə/ or /ˈniːtʃi/; German: [ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈvɪlhɛlm ˈniːt͡sʃə]; 15 October 1844 – 25 August 1900) was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, composer and Latin and Greek scholar.
He wrote several critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy and science, displaying a fondness for metaphor and irony. How To Remember Literally Everything. "Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things," the Roman philosopher and statesman, Cicero once wrote.
And though it was important at the time of Da Oratore, his dialogue on cultivating the power of remembrance, the art of memory is possibly more relevant than ever. Constant digital distractions and multitasking can have a negative effect on working memory. Collectively, our memories do seem to be getting fuzzier: A recent poll found that Gen Y-ers between the ages of 18 and 34 are more likely than the 55-plus set to forget what day it is (15 percent vs. seven percent) and where they put their keys (14 percent vs. eight percent). They also forget to bring their lunch (nine percent) or even to take a shower (six percent) more frequently than seniors.
Poor memory can strike at any age, and it could hinder your work and personal life. Try these eight hacks to super-power your memory. Visualize it. Need to memorize a list of terms or names? Try a brain game. Strategies For Remembering Everything You Learn. How to train your mind to remember anything. Josha Foer observed the 2005 USA Memory Championship and won it in 2006He says you can teach yourself to remember a lot of information effectively One of the keys is to associate a word or a fact with other things you remember, Foer saysFoer: "If you want to make something memorable, you first have to make it meaningful" Editor's note: Joshua Foer is a writer and the author of "Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything.
" In 2005, he attended the USA Memory Championship as an observer. After learning to train his memory using ancient techniques, he came back to the same contest a year later and won it. Foer spoke at the TED2012 conference in March. TED is a nonprofit dedicated to "Ideas worth spreading," which it makes available through talks posted on its website.